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fellow citizens, would always remember those who didt. on that quilt are written these words by a little girl, in our hear ots we weep for you, in ou minds we honor you. today courtney words still comfort us because today we still weep for those we lost here and in new york and in somerset county. today we still honor them, we honor them with our presence ard ceainly with this memorial. mostly we honor them with our lives, with what we have done from that day to this, the sacrifices we have borne, the laughter we have shared, the hope we have dared to let back into our hearts. unspeakable carnage was visited
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upon us here, but it did not conquer us. unimaginable also is here but it did not finish us. ralph waldo emerson reminds us es behind you and what lies in front of you pails in comparison to what lies inside of you. so here, now, let us weep for what lies behind us, let us honor what lies front of us, but let us remember always what lies inside of us. please join me now in a moment of silence and remembrance.
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>> thank you. ladies and gentlemen, the secretary of defense, robert m. gates. >> mr. president, distinguished visitors, friends and family members, thank you for being here. nine years ago today on a day much like this the calm of a clear september morning was shattered by the worst act of terrorism in our nation's history. the attacks on the world trade center, flight 93 over shanksville, pennsylvania, and the pentagon, steps from where we stand today, claimed thousands of innocentev victims and forever scarred their family
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and friends and all americans. today we honor and remember those who fell, surrounded by those who love them and still feel the pain of that loss reme ways large and small. yesterday is the chairman just mentioned we had the officia presentation of the pentagon 9/11 quilt featuring the f faces of all 184 of those who died onhese grounds. we're grateful for the work and dedication of all the volunteers that brought that moving project into reality. and just west of here a portion of washington boulevard is being em amed 9/11 heroes memorial highway to remind those passing by what happened here on that day. today we also reflect on what thorose attacks meant for an entire generation of young americans whonswered the call to serve. since then thousands have made the ultimat sacri,cefice and their absence, too, is felt
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today and every day. our troops and their families have paid a steep price these past nine years, but also shown resilience and strength in a untry that cherishes their service and the memory of those that have fallen. we are honored that the president is once again here to help us commemorate this gniversary. and so it is my great pleasure to introduce our commander in chief, the president of the united states. >> secretary gates, admiral mullen, and members of the armed forces, my fellow amicans, most of all to you, survivors who still carry the scars of tragedy and destruction, to the families who carry in your
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hearts the memory of the loved ones you lost here. for a nation, this is a day of remembrance, a day of reflection, and with god's grace, a dayf unity and renewal. we gather toemember this sacred hour on hallowed ground, places where we feel such grief and where our healing goes on. we gather here at the pentagon where the names of the lost are more forever etched in stone. we gather in a gentle pennsylvania field where a plane went down and a tower of voices will rise and echo through the ages. and we gather where the twin towers fell, the site where the work goes on so that next year
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on the tenth anniversary the waters will flow a stead tribute to the nearly 3,000 innocent lives. on this day it's perhaps natural to focus on the images of that awful morning, images that are eared into our uls. whose lives were taken s so cruelly. yet these memorials and youray esence today remind us to remember the fullness of their time on earth. they were fathers and mothers raising their families, brothers and sisters pursuing their dreams, sons and daughters, their whole lives before them. they were civilians and service members. some never saw the danger
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coming. others saw the peril and rush to save others of those stairwells, into the flames, into the cockpit. they were white and black and brown, men and women and some children, made up of all many faiths. they were americans and people from far corners of the world. and they were snatched from us senselessly and much too soon. but they lived well and they live on in you. nine years have now passed. in that time, we have shed more tes than we will ever know. and though itda must seem some days as though the world has moved on to other things, i say to you today th your loved ones enduren the heart o f our
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nation now and forever. our remembrance today also requires a certain reflection, as a nation and as individuals we must ask ourselves how best to honor them, those who died, those who sacrificed. how do w preserve their legacy, not just on this day but every day. we need not look far for our pswer. the perpetrators of this evil act didn't simply attack america, they attacked the very idea of america itself. all that we stand for and represent in the world. and so the highest honor we can pay those we lost, indeed our greatest weapon in this ongoing
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war, is to do what our adversaries fear the most, to stay true to who we are as americans, to renew our sense of common purpose, to say that we define the character of our country and we will not let the acts of some small band of murderers who slaughter the innocent and cower in caves distort who we are. >> it looks we are having a bit of an audio difficulty. the president's mike is out. we got it back. >> we honor all those who serve to keep us safe. they may seek to strike fear in us, but they are no match for our resien. we do not succumb to fwiear nor
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will we squander the optimism as a as always defined us people. on a day when others sought to destroy, we have chosen to build. with arv national day of servic and remembrae that summons the inherent goodness of the american people. they may seek to exploit our freedoms, but we will not sacrifice the liberties we cherish or hunker down behind walls of suspicion and mistrust. they may wish to drive us apart but we will not give in to their hatred and prejudice. for scripture teaches us to get rid of all bitternessrage, and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. they may seek to spark conflict
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between our faiths but as americans we will not and never with it was not a religion that attacked us that september day. it was al qaeda. sorry band of men which perverts religion. and just as we condemn intolerance and extremism abroad, so will we stay true to our traditions here atome as a diverse and tolerant nation. we champion the rigs of every american, including the right to worship as one chooses. service members and civilians from many faiths do just steps from here at the very spot where he terrorists struck this building. those who attacked us sought to demoralize us, divide us, to deprive us of the very unity, the very ideals that make america america. those qualies that have made
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us a beacon of freedom and hope to billions around theld world. today wece declare once more we will never hand them that victor as americans, we will keep alive the virtues and values that make us who we are and who we must always be. for our cause is just, our spirit is strong, our resolve is unwavering. like generations before us let us come together, today and all days to affirm certain inalienable rights, to affirm life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. on this day and the days to come, we choose to stay true to our best selves under one
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nation, one god, liberty and justice for all. this is how we choose to honor the fallen. there are families, there are friends, there are fellow service members. this is how we will keep alive the legacy of these proud and patriotic americans. this is how we will prevail in this great test of our time. this is how we will preserve and prott the country that we love and pass it safer and f stronge to future generations. may god bless you and your families, and may god continue to bless the united states of america. >> president obama at the pentagon today, one of a number of ceremonieg s we are keeping close e on. the president reminding the
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country of just what we're up against and who we are up against and said the best way to honor those who were killed at the pentagon and new york and in shanksville is to do what they fear most, which is stay true te who we are as americans. the president greeting some folks there. this is part of his schedule as well. he was going to greet some of the people there, the families that gathered. 184 people were ki at the pentagon. 59 of those victims were aboard american airlines flight 77. another 125ictims were iide the pentagon that day. as our barbara starr told us, she was there that day, that, in fact, the pentagon never shut down. the pentagon continued to work. donald rumsfeld, everyone will picture of him out there going out there and helping himself th those injured. lotf people remember that picture. the said when you see him, the people at the pentagon who work there, you see him out there not going anywhere, still knowing everything he could to helpthat everybody kind of gathered that same spirit that day and the pentagon never did shut down.
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again, if you're looking there, the president kind of behind that tree, kind of bend those leaves there, the president is in that crowd walk thatowope line right now greeting a lot of family members who are there who have gathered there year after year to remember the 184 who died that day at the pentagon, that flight was heading from d.c. to los angeles. and it never reall left d.c., crashed into the pentagon that morning. it was at 9:37 a.m. we have observed already three different moments of silence this morning for when planes actually crashed. another moment of silence coming your way at 10:03 a.m. this morning. that is when the plane went down in shanksville, pennsylvania. before that another moment of silence going to be observed at 9:59 a.m. that's another moment in observance of when the first r fell in new york, the south tower which was actually ut the ond tower hit b first one to fall. this is the ceremony haening in new york right now.
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we see this year after year, fami members stand up in pairs and they read the names, all 2,752 of the people who were ki klled that day. we're keeping a close eye on all of these ceremonies. we'll take you live back to shanksville, pennsylvania, and also back live to new york. quick break.
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about ten minutes now to the top of the hour. here we are nine years after 9/11. many first responders are suffering from serious illness. many of them blame the grueling around clock recovery work at ground zero. elizabeth cohen talked to one former first responder who has beenca offered a settlemente calls an insult. >> reporte september 12th, 2001. the remains of the twin towers, a twisted smokey heap. went you got down there on september 12th, what was that
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scene like? >> it was like a horror movie. everywhere you went, there was dust. it was in the air, it was on the ground, it was on everything you touched. it was horrible. >> so you were inhaling all this dust? >> all of it, every day, all day. >> reporter: gentlemen van thomas w one of thousands who descended on ground zero toup help. he set up portable toilets dissended on ground zero to help, setting up portable toilets for the emergency workers. after a year, he began to feel a stabbing pain. >> it was growing here. there was a lump. i went and had a biopsy. ame back it was cancer. >> reporter: a rare a cancer called an epifelioid sarcoma. he need extensive reconstruction surgeryand key me therapy. then, with his scarred arm, he went back to work at ground zero. >> reporter: they found cancer here and here. >> right. >> reporter: two tumors within two years.
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he started to think the toxic dust had caused his cancer. >> reporter: right there, that's where you think your cancer started. >> i'm 100% sure. >> reporter: how can you be so sure? >> reporter: it is no coincidence within a ye of me woing here every day, i started growing aump that turned out to be cancer. >> reporter: dr. iris unison is taking care of him and others. >> reporter: are you convinced he got it fromound zero? >> it is not possible to know whether this cancer was caused by 9/11. >> reporter: she says no studies need to be done. in the meantime, the cancer is s,ck? t>> yes, in my lungs, the thir time. goes, it comes. you never get rid of it. it is a nightmare. >> reporter: a cancer russ lump the size of a golf ball is in his lungs. now, you will need more surgeries, no chemotherapy. heays he is too sick to wor relying on thericharity to supp
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hifes wi and two children. hope arrived in the form of a letter. his sharof t settlement fr ground zero workers. >> reporter: you reived this letter. how much did it say y would get? >> $83,400? >> with all the deductions, that's supposed to last me for th rest of my life. that's an insult. >> reporter: on september 12th, when you were asked to go and help, you did? >> exactly, with pride. > reporter: do you feel like you have been forgotten now? >> yes, know iav he been forgotten. everyone united and came together, instead of them figuring out a way to help you, th are figuring out a way of not helping you to save a do are ar. hat it all boils do to. >> our elizabeth cohen is here
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with us. what do the studies say abo whether or not what he went through down there caused his caer? >> the doctor said, look, it is impossible to say for sure, yes rs the ground zero work caused his cancer or no, it definitely didn't. the lawyers responsible for negotiating this settlement, they say it takes 10 to 15 years for a cancer like that to grow and show up. so they say, obviously, its not clear that it is the work at ground zero that d that. other people say, wh at he and others were breathing in for those many months was an unprecedented carcinogens. >> why the settlement amount, why that amount? >> other people received ch more. it is because it is not clear whether ground zero, his work at ground zero caused the cancer. for other folks where there is
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more scientific eviden that the work caused say theiras asthma, some of those folks got $1.5 million or more. >> let go back. you are here with us in the nine-yea anniversary. i know you certainly remember what you were doing a few years ago, nine years ago. down there the immediate days after 9/11. i am going to share something with our viewers and ask you about it. thank you. >> reporter: aaron, i have been talking to these families for two days and all of these stories are very much like this. people are just hoping their relatives are out there somewhere and they are begging us to talk about them, to show their pictures hoping tha if someone has seen them, that theo might be able identify them and give some information. aaron? >> i know you've seen that v plenty of times over the years. what's it like to see that again? that was in the immediat days where there wa hope that a family member was there. >> that was september 13th when i was there with vinny kamage.
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i haven't seen that for a long time. it brings back the emotion. it is almost easy to forget it i was down there at the center wafter niyears. where family members were gathering with my producer, mariam fallco. dozens of people were coming up to us to ask us to help find mother, father, sister, mother, twife. they were convinced their loved ones were still alive someere. they thought they were wondering the streets of manhattan. they were sure they were arrive. of course, the reality is that they weren't. it was a very, very difficult time. >> phones weren't working. people didn't have a way to contact each other. people were usi or trng to get the media's help at that time. elizabeth, we appreciate you brings us that story. a lot of people still hurting. the responders still looking for help and taking us back to what yowere doing.
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good morning, everyone. welcacome back. let's take you back to new york city. we are coming up on yet another moment of silence. it will be the third one we have seen outf w york today. as you see this reflecting pool, people leaving notes. people leaving roses there as. well. this is at ground ze. in just about 60 seconds from now, we are going to seeanother moment of wis one will observe when the south tower fell. it was the second to be hit but the first one to fall. thsouth tower was hit around 9:03 a.m. that morning. there it was less than an hour later. it was coming down. you are seeing the live pictures. family members areed gathered
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there. people carrying signs and pictures, pictures ofne their loved ones that died onda that day. you are ngseei there now live what happens every year as well since 9/11. they have family members paired up who will go up and read the names, every single name of those killed there that day, 2,752 names will be readtoday. this takes several hours during the da it's a painstaking task. it is a task worth taking. let me listen in. he is tually making some comments besides reading the names. let's observe this moment of silence. >> i amo proud to represent locl 46 ironworkers building the memorial.


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